The Art of the Bad Deal

Podcast: Trump embraces his inner Democrat.

Donald Trump has taken the heel turn that so many anticipated he’d make, albeit not this early in his presidency, when he struck a deal with congressional Democrats and undermined his party’s leadership in Congress. The reactions from right, left, and center to Donald Trump’s erratic and non-committal behaviors, alienating just about everyone in the process, provide a rare window into how this presidency will adapt (or perish) under pressure.

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The Art of the Bad Deal

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News moves at the speed of light. Enlightenment doesn't.

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It’s Time to Prepare a Military Option on Iran

While there's still time.

North Korea’s demonstration of a ballistic missile capable of reaching most of the United States prompted gloomy commentary in Israel about the failure to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear program and, by analogy, the seeming impossibility of stopping Iran’s nuclear program. As Haaretz commentator Anshel Pfeffer put it, Kim Jong-un “proved that a dictator who wants a nuclear weapon badly enough,” and is ruthless and determined enough, “will ultimately achieve it.” Yet the North Korean example proves no such thing because it says nothing about the efficacy of the one tactic America never tried: military action, or at least the credible threat thereof.

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Flynn and Saudi Arabia: Turn and Face the Strange Ch-Ch-Changes

Podcast: Flynn and the Saudis make peace with reality.

On the first COMMENTARY podcast of the week,  we ask whether the Michael Flynn plea indicates huge trouble for the Trump White House or will prove to be much ado about nothing. But in the “much ado about something” category, we place the astonishing report that Saudi honcho Muhammad bin Sultan has effectively endorsed an Israeli peace proposal and sought to impose it on recalcitrant Palestinian boss Mahmoud Abbas. Could be the biggest news of the young century. Give a listen.

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Michael Flynn and the Conservative Spidey-Sense

Trouble from minute one.

Something was off about Michael Flynn, the retired Army lieutenant general whose brief tenure as Donald Trump’s first national security adviser has landed him in legal hot water. Flynn promoted the so-called alt-right. He dallied with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin propaganda network RT (formerly “Russia Today”). And his anti-Islamism too often became indistinguishable from bigotry against Muslims. Yet Trumpian hard-liners adored Flynn, while the softer Trumpians in the GOP establishment suppressed their Spidey-sense and played down criticism of the general’s judgment.

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Maybe We Should Just Shut Up?

A preventable tragedy?

For millions of earnest and frustrated Americans, there is no justice today. Not in California, at least.

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